Coronavirus: The JetBlue Foundation Provides Resources for Grantees to Transition to Virtual Learning
Throughout the pandemic, JetBlue and the JetBlue Foundation have been providing support to those in need by offering flights and sharing assets from its network of partners, but there is always more to be done. Now, JetBlue and The JetBlue Foundation are providing valuable technology to students who need it.
Over the past six years, the JetBlue Foundation has worked hard to provide access to aviation and STEM education and careers, especially among communities traditionally underrepresented in these areas. When the foundation became aware that stay-at-home orders were impacting many students without access to computers putting them at risk of falling behind as classroom learning shifted to an online format, the JetBlue Foundation knew it needed to step up.
So in partnership with JetBlue’s IT team, the JetBlue Foundation is providing resources including refurbished laptops for students to use at home, keeping learning on track. Around 135 donated laptops have been shared with students from Girl Scout Troop 6000, the Lower Eastside Girls Club, Together We Rise, Zone 126 and America on Tech to help smooth the transition after the abrupt switch to virtual learning. The foundation donated laptops directly to girls from Troop 6000 who are living in or recently left New York City homeless shelters. Additional laptops will be donated to other partners and organizations in the coming weeks.
This effort from the team goes along with the JetBlue Foundation’s recent move to provide flights for displaced students who needed help getting home. And thanks to its partners, the JetBlue Foundation is also providing access to free online STEM tools here to help keep students learning.
Over the past six years, the JetBlue Foundation has built lasting relationships with more than 90 STEM and aviation-focused education programs and provided in-kind support and resources valued at over $1.7 million to help these programs take off. With a similar spirit to pay it forward, several JetBlue Foundation grantees are also using their resources to respond to the pandemic in impactful ways.
These efforts include:
- Base 11 students are using their Innovation Center to create 5,000 masks for medical personnel. Base 11 is on a mission to solve one of the country’s biggest problems: the growing STEM talent crisis further fueled by the underrepresentation of women and ethnic minorities.
- The Variety Boys and Girls Club of Queens is delivering meals to New York City Housing Authority public housing locations throughout Queens, JetBlue’s home borough. For 65 years, Variety Boys & Girls Club of Queens has provided support to youth growing up in Western Queens. Through after school, summer camp, sports teams and weekend programming, the Club has helped kids reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.
- Materials for the Arts is providing materials for PPE production including masks and gowns for frontline workers throughout New York City. Materials for the Arts is New York City’s premiere municipal Creative REuse arts & education center.
For more information on the JetBlue Foundation and its partners, grantees and granting criteria, visit www.JetBlueFoundation.org.